Atlanta, GA (PressExposure) July 07, 2009 -- Look no further if you are thinking about applying for a federal law enforcement career.
I'm a 3yr Secret Service Veteran. Since I left the Secret Service and started by business (Author, Blogger) in 2006, I've been asked so many times:
"Can you please help me with the application process for The Secret Service?"
NOTE: Most Federal Law Enforcement Agency Applications are very similar in nature; requiring past employment, health conditions, IRS tax information, and references from all education you have undergone throughout your life.
I really want to clarify something with you before moving on: My intentions are to help you understand the application process so that you save time and cut back on mistakes in your application process. Therefore, the following information consists of:
â¢ Facts, not opinions or biased information â¢ Truths, not necessarily just "what you WANT to hear" â¢ Helpful information to get your through the process
Here are the first 5 steps you will need to take in order to land your dream job:
1. Visit The Secret Service Website - Before you fill out the extensive job application, decide what division you want to apply for. Despite what most people visualize as "secret service," the Secret Service employs many different divisions. Here is an overview of them:
â¢ UNIFORMED DIVISION OFFICERS - Secret Service Uniformed Division officers provide protection for the White House Complex, the Vice President's residence, the main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C., area. Additionally, Uniformed Division officers travel in support of presidential, vice presidential, and foreign head of state government missions. Learn More...
â¢ SPECIAL AGENTS - The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. During the course of their careers, special agents carry out assignments in both of these areas and must be available to be assigned to duty stations anywhere in the world. Learn more...
â¢ PROFESSIONAL AND CLERICAL - Professional and scientific positions for the Secret Service involve work that requires knowledge in a field of science or learning. This is acquired through education or training equivalent to a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in a specialized field. An individual in a professional or scientific occupation is required to exercise discretion and judgment in applying a scholarly body of knowledge to various subject matters. The use of these skills results in interpretations and the development of improved data, materials, techniques and procedures to obtain desired results. Learn more...
*There are also other positions available.
NOTE: Like any job, there are pros and cons to every division. Be sure to do your homework and differentiate between the different divisions. If you need help, there are online forums and chat rooms you can visit.
WARNING: When commenting and asking questions on online forums, don't say anything you wouldn't want to say to someones face or to your own mother/father. You may want to shrug this off, but making a derogatory statement can keep you from getting the job.
How can a derogatory comment keep me from landing a job? Online forums and chat rooms are constantly monitored by employers and the slightest slip-up may land you in more than just "trouble." Depending on the severity of the statement, you may land yourself at the local police station getting interview by investigators.
2. Download the application - Upon knowing what position you are applying for, it's time to start filling in the application. Before you get started, take this one single piece of advice:
TIP: Break it into steps or you will get overwhelmed. Once overwhelmed, you will start rushing and writing down answers just to get finished. Bad, bad mistake.
It's a long application process and requires references from previous employers, all previous education, previous IRS tax information, prior drug use, a long list of current and past health conditions, and many other detailed questions that spell out the way you lived your entire life starting from your 16th birthday.
Don't have a computer or Internet access? Call your local field office to request an application.
3. Filling out your Application - Here are some helpful tips:
â¢ You will have a lot of questions. Try to read through the entire application before picking up the phone. You don't want to be the person calling every 5 minutes asking another question.
â¢ Be 100% up front with your answers. I can't stress this enough. If you leave out even the smallest detail, I can assure you it will come back to hurt you during your hiring process.
â¢ Call the IRS if you can't find your tax returns from prior years. Don't make the mistake of saying "I will just hand in the application without them." This is a silly mistake and will hold up your hiring process.
â¢ Get into physical shape. Don't wait until the day you get your phone call. Rather, start RIGHT NOW.
â¢ You wouldn't leave your house without putting a fresh shine on your shoes, would you? Your appearance tells everything about you. Therefore, I suggest you invest a few dollars into buying a nice pen that doesn't run.
Here's my recommendation on getting into shape:
Research the physical requirements and meet them! It's that simple.
4. Submit your application - Read through the list of required documents over and over so you DON'T send your application in with missing documents. Can you imagine? You spend 100 hours filling out your application and you have NO CHANCE of getting the job because you submitted it INCOMPLETE?
TIP: Check, double check. Walk away for a few minutes, then come back to your desk and double check again.
Are you certain everything is complete? All documents together and ready to mail?
Ok, head for the mailbox! Congrats, this is a huge day for you!
5. Change of Address Notification - You just spent a lot of precious time applying for your dream job. If for some reason you change your email address, physical address, phone number, or any other pertinent information you submitted on your application, contact the appropriate person immediately.
TIP: If you change any of your contact information, contact the appropriate person IMMEDIATELY. I can't stress this enough.
Does it makes sense to get passed up for the job because your number is disconnected?